Just when you thought we couldn't get enough basketball in our lives...HERE COMES THE G-LEAGUE BUBBLE. It's exciting times around the NBA, as this will be an extremely underrated development to keep a close eye on over the next couple of weeks. If you haven't been caught up on the news, the NBA has decided to have another bubble experience at Walt Disney World...this time with the G-League. An important reminder, not every G-League team will be participating in this event. What this means is that some teams will be "assigning" some of their players to other affiliates. For example, you'll notice that the Sacramento Kings are sending two of their rookies to play for different teams in the bubble, due to the fact that their G-League team (Stockton Kings) isn't attending.
Below you'll see a breakdown of every team that is attending the bubble. In each breakdown, you'll notice some recognition to Two-Way players and some other notables to keep an eye on for each roster. One of the teams that will be playing in Orlando will be the G-League Ignite. If you haven't been following this storyline closely, the Ignite roster will feature some intriguing talent for the 2021 NBA Draft, including Jonathan Kuminga and Jalen Green. While plenty will have their eyes on the young Ignite team, it's important to not forget about some of the intriguing players on these teams. In a season in which teams are forced to play with a limited amount of players on any given night, NBA teams could be looking to the G-League for help more than ever. Each year, teams continue to find talented assets to add to their rosters from these teams as the G-League continues to be one of the best developmental tools for the NBA franchises.
AGUA CALIENTE CLIPPERS OF ONTARIO
Two Ways: Amir Coffey, Jay Scrubb
Notable: Daniel Oturu, Jahmi'Us Ramsey (via SAC), Ky Bowman, Jordan Ford
Summary: This will be one of the more underrated rosters in the bubble, as there's plenty of talent from the 2020 NBA Draft class on this roster. Two-Way player Amir Coffey has had some rotational minutes in the NBA, so he could put up some big numbers in Orlando. Coffey has the potential to develop into a consistent rotational player, so the LA Clippers could just want to give him some extended run down here to continue to develop. The other Two-Way to keep an eye on here is Jay Scrubb, who was selected 55th by the Clippers in the 2020 Draft. Scrubb previously played in the Junior College ranks but is oozing with upside and it will be interesting to see how he holds up against some G-League veterans. Don't forget about former Minnesota Gopher big man Daniel Oturu as well. The 33rd pick in the 2020 Draft, Oturu was one of the most productive bigs in college basketball last year. The bubble is perfect for players like Oturu, who simply are just buried on the depth chart behind an extremely deep roster.
Jahmi'us Ramsey, who was selected by the Sacramento Kings, has been assigned to the Agua Caliente Clippers as the Sacramento Kings G-League team isn't attending the bubble, so draft fans will be intrigued to see what Ramsey can do as well. Some other "lesser-known" names to keep an eye on include Ky Bowman, formerly of the Golden State Warriors, and Jordan Ford who put up some big numbers last year in the collegiate ranks for St.Mary's.
Two Ways: Quinndary Weatherspoon, Keita Bates-Diop
Notable: Tre Jones, Khyri Thomas, Cam Reynolds, Kylor Kelley, Luka Samanic, Robert Woodard II (via SAC)
Summary: The San Antonio Spurs franchise always seems to put together an extremely competitive roster each year in the G-League, and this roster has the makings of a sneaky fun one to keep an eye on. A couple of strong Two-Way players on this roster for the Spurs including Quinndary Weatherspoon and Keita Bates-Diop. Keep a close eye on Weatherspoon who showed some nice flashes in the G-League last year for the Austin Spurs. The former 49th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft averaged 14.8 PPG for Austin in the G-League last year. Bates-Diop has bounced around the league and put up some big numbers in the G-League. Don't be surprised if he opens some eyes with his numbers in the bubble. Cam Reynolds is one to keep an eye on, as he's been one of the more consistent G-League players over the recent years. The smooth shooting lefty has great size at 6'8" and can get after it as a two-way player.
There's also some intriguing "star power" when it comes to this Austin Spurs team heading to the bubble. Draft fanatics will have their attention on a couple of names from this roster. Tre Jones should get plenty of run with this squad and will be eager to show off his skills. The former Duke Blue Devil was the 41st pick in the 2020 draft and has the skillset to turn into an eventual steal for the San Antonio Spurs organization. Don't forget about the 2019 international man of mystery Luka Samanic. The former 19th pick in the 2019 Draft showed some promising flashes during his rookie season in the G-League. Samanic just turned 21 years old and averaged 15.2 PTS and 7.8 REB for the Austin Spurs last year. This roster will also feature an assignment player in Sacramento Kings second-round selection Robert Woodard II. This year's 40th selection should have plenty of surrounding talent on this roster to showcase his roster. The former Mississippi State forward thrives with his versatility on both sides of the floor.
Khyri Thomas is a player that will have my attention in the bubble. After being selected 38th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft, Thomas only spent two years with the Detroit Pistons before being let go. Thomas made a name for himself at Creighton for his defensive ability, and it will be interesting to see if the Spurs see something that the Pistons didn't. Still just 24 years old, maybe the Spurs organization is intrigued by the possibility of finding a diamond in the rough. Kylor Kelley was a favorite "sleeper" by draft fans for the 2020 class. The former Oregon State big man stands at 7'0" and averaged 3.4 BLK during his two-year career for the Beavers. The fact that Austin Spurs, and Summer League legend, Jeff Ledbetter won't be on this roster makes me want to cry. Thanks for the memories Jeff.
Two Ways: Devon Dotson (via Bulls), Ty-Shon Alexander (via Suns), Marques Bolden
Notable: Charles Matthews, Anthony Lamb
Summary: While the Canton Charge might not have as much firepower as some of the other G-League teams participating at the bubble, there's still some intriguing talent. Devon Doston was a player who went undrafted during the 2020 draft and it was a bit of a surprise. The former Kansas Jayhawks guard is lightning in a bottle and could turn some heads with his play in the bubble. Doston was signed to a two-way contract with the Chicago Bulls but will be playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers G-League affiliate during the bubble. The other two-way contract playing for Canton is also from another team. Ty-Shon Alexander was a favorite of ours here as a potential 2020 Draft sleeper. A former combo guard out of Creighton, Alexander has the potential to develop into a solid two-way player, especially with his ability on the defensive side of the ball. The backcourt featuring Dotson and Alexander should at least be exciting for viewing purposes. Ty-Shon signed a two-way contract with the Phoenix Suns after the draft.
Marques Bolden will be another two-way contract player to keep an eye on for the Charge. Bolden is under contract with the Cavaliers put up some solid numbers during his first year in the G-League. Bolden would go on to average 9.7 PTS, 6.9 REB, and 1.5 BLK per game for the Charge last year in just 18.9 MIN. Two other names to pay close attention to involve Charles Matthews and Anthony Lamb. If Matthews sounds familiar to you, it's for good reason. The former Michigan Wolverine wing was making some noise as a potential sleeper in draft circles in 2019 before he suffered a torn ACL in a pre-draft workout. Matthews has since been waiting for his opportunity to turn some heads and the G-League Bubble could be the perfect recipe. Anthony Lamb was making some noise throughout the previous college basketball season as a potential sleeper in the 2020 class. Lamb put up some huge numbers for Vermont during his 4-year career and many will want to see how he handles himself against potentially quicker opponents. Don't be surprised if Lamb puts up some big numbers, especially with his rebounding ability.
DELAWARE BLUE COATS
Two Ways: Rayjon Tucker, Paul Reed
Notable: Lamine Diane, Julian Washburn, Michael Frazier II, Jordan Bone
Summary: Delaware could be an exciting team to keep an eye on in the bubble, as they have a nice combination of lengthy forwards and experienced G-League vets. Julian Washburn and Michael Frazier II have been making some noise in the G-League over the last couple of years. Washburn has good size at 6'8" and can shoot it. Michael Frazier II has some nastiness as a defensive weapon and has put up some big numbers in the past while playing with Rio Grande Valley. Lamine Diane was another sleeper in draft circles heading into the 2020 NBA draft. The former Cal State Northridge product has good size at 6'7" and averaged 25.6 PPG last year in college.
It'll be fascinating to see the Two-Way players on this Blue Coats roster. If you haven't had the chance to see Rayjon Tucker play before...make sure your eyes are glued to the television screen. Tucker was turning some heads last year while playing with the Wisconsin Herd with his combination of scoring and ability to play above the rim. Tucker spent some time with the Utah Jazz last year before signing his Two-Way with the Sixers this year. In 19 games last year in the G-League, Tucker would average 23.3 PTS while shooting 47.2% from the field and 35.8% from 3. The other Two-Way player who should get plenty of attention is rookie Paul Reed. The former DePaul product was drafted 58th overall in this year's draft and it will be fascinating to see if Reed can hit the ground running with some extended playing time. Reed can make an impact in a variety of ways on the basketball floor, but some have questioned if he can become a consistent threat on the offensive side of the ball. Some time in the bubble should do wonders for his potential development. Jordan Bone was just acquired via trade from the Lakeland Magic and he could be a sleeper to keep an eye on in the bubble. Bone was a talented ball-handler two years ago at Tennesee and spent the majority of his rookie year in the G-League with the Grand Rapids Drive.
Two Ways: Will Magnay, Naji Marshall
Notable: Cassius Winston (via WAS), Justin Wright-Foreman, Omari Spellman, Yoeli Childs, Jordan Bell
Summary: The Erie Bayhawks will have a nice mix of some veterans and sleeper developmental assets on their roster. Will Magnay is a name in which you're probably looking at the screen and asking yourself "why does that name look so familiar?" Magnay showed some flashes of upside with his play in the NBL last year, averaging 8.1 PTS, 6.1 REB, and 2.1 BLK in 21.9 MPG. The 6'10" center has some intriguing tools and it will be interesting to see if the Pelicans organization sees something long-term in the Australian product. The other Two-Way player on the Bayhawks roster is Naji Marshall. The former Xavier forward had himself a nice career before going undrafted in the 2020 Draft. Marshall has good size at 6'7" and it will be interesting to see if he can take steps forward with his outside shooting after shooting just 28.6% from 3 during his recent year in college.
When it comes to the rest of the roster, there's plenty of familiar faces and some that offer sleeper appeal. A late addition to the roster is Cassius Winston who was assigned to the Bayhawks by the Washington Wizards. The former collegiate star, Winston should be an exciting player to see in the G-League as he can score at multiple levels from the point guard position. Justin Wright-Foreman was a popular 2019 sleeper before being selected in the second round by the Utah Jazz. The left-handed ball handler has the potential to be a microwave scoring option and it will be interesting to see if he takes a step forward in his development. Omari Spellman and Jordan Bell are two notable players who have unfortunately bounced around the league frequently as of late. They should both be determined to show that they belong on an NBA roster. The wildcard of the bunch is Yoeli Childs. The former BYU forward was a walking bucket the last two years, averaging north of 20 PPG, and shooting 48.9% from 3 during his senior season. Childs has good size at 6'8" and a natural ability to score...can he open some eyes in the bubble?
FORT WAYNE MAD ANTS
Two Ways: Brian Bowen II, Cassius Stanley
Notable: Jalen Lecque, Josh Gray
Summary: While the Fort Wayne Mad Ants might not have a ton of "big names" on their entire roster...they could provide some absolute fireworks during the bubble. So let's start by breaking down the Two-Ways first before we get out of hand. Brian Bowen II has been developing with the Pacers since going undrafted in the 2019 Draft. Bowen will be poised to make an impact immediately and show that the Pacers chose correctly. In 29 games last year with the Mad Ants, Bown averaged 16.1 PTS and 7.7 REB while shooting 33.8% from 3. Cassius Stanley will have people's immediate attention. The former Duke Blue Devil was a walking highlight machine during his only season at Durham, thanks to his incredible athleticism and vertical leaping ability. There's no denying that Stanley has the frame and athleticism to be an NBA player but fans will be eager to see how the rest of his offensive game is shaping up.
A couple of ball handlers also deserve some attention on this roster. Jalen Lecque was making some serious noise last year for the Northern Arizona Suns. If you don't remember, Lecque was a former big recruit heading to NC State before he decided to sit out and enter the 2019 draft instead. Last year in the G-League, Lecque averaged 13.3 PTS and he's a threat to potentially break a backboard with his above-the-rim ability. Lecque and Stanley could put on quite the show for the Mad Ants, but it will be interesting to see if either of them can continue to develop the rest of their offensive games. Josh Gray is a name that everyone needs to pay close attention to. Gray has shown plenty on the floor to be a potential player who can stick on some NBA roster. Gray is a bit undersized for a typical point guard at just 6'0" 180 pounds, but he makes up for it with shiftiness and his general feel for the game. Gray has impressed during the Summer League as well, so don't be surprised if he hits the ground running in the bubble. Last year in the G-League, Gray averaged 22.5 PTS, 5.1 REB, 7.3 AST, and 2.4 STL. Yes, you read all of those numbers correctly.
Two Ways: Nate Darling, Grant Riller
Notable: Vernon Carey Jr, Admiral Schofield, Nick Richards, Jalen McDaniels, Kahlil Whitney
Summary: The Greensboro Swarm look to be rolling out a heck of a squad for the Bubble. There's plenty of big names on this roster that you need to keep an eye on, so let's break them down quickly. Nate Darling was a bit of a "Super Sleeper" when it came to the 2020 NBA Draft class. The 6'6" shooting guard put up 21.0 PPG last year for Delaware while shooting 39.9% from downtown. The other two-way spot involves Grant Riller, who was the 56th overall selection in this year's draft by Charlotte. Riller was a prolific scorer for the College of Charleston and it wouldn't be a surprise if he hits the ground rolling.
The rest of the roster features a plethora of talent. If you don't remember, the Hornets had themselves a heck of a draft haul and plenty of that haul will be on the Greensboro roster. Vernon Carey Jr is one of those players who has the potential to put up some big numbers in the Bubble. This year's 32nd selection in the NBA draft, Carey Jr has the tools to become an offensive force in this league. It will be interesting to see if his outside shot can continue to develop. Greensboro used their selection in the G-League draft to select Admiral Schofield. The former Tennesee product will be motivated to show that he belongs on an NBA roster. Nick Richards was also selected by the Hornets in the second round (42nd overall). It will be interesting to see if the former Kentucky Wildcat can continue to build off his strong play during the second half of the collegiate season last year. Richards has a good combination of size and defensive ability, but can he take steps forward to becoming a more all-around big man? The rest of the roster involves a couple of wildcards. Jalen McDaniels is the brother of 2020 first-round selection Jaden McDaniels (Timberwolves) and has some serious upside still left in his game. The former San Diego State product spent the majority of his rookie season in the G-League with the swarm, averaging 15.9 PTS and 7.8 REB. Another wildcard on this roster is Kahlil Whitney. The former highly touted recruit of Kentucky left college basketball during the middle of the year and evaluators will be curious to see if Whitney can get back on the right track when it comes to his basketball potential.
Two Ways: Ashton Hagans, Jordan McLaughlin
Notable: Allonzo Trier, Tyler Cook, Zylan Cheatham
Summary: Iowa will have some intriguing pieces to keep an eye on as well. It looks as if the big club is trying to make sure they keep Jordan McLaughlin around for as many games as possible, even though he would have been a fascinating player to see down here. Ashton Hagans was just sent to Iowa from the Timberwolves to get some run in the Bubble. The former Kentucky guard is a pest on the defensive side of the ball and still has some untapped potential offensively. It will be fascinating to see where Hagans' game is when it comes to his offensive versatility. A couple of "lesser-known" players on this roster deserve your attention. Allonzo Trier has been a popular name circulating the league and although Trier hasn't found his way onto an NBA roster as of late...he has the ability to play in this league. Trier came into the league as an undrafted player out of Arizona and put up some big numbers during his first year with the Knicks.
Another intriguing name is Tyler Cook, who spent the majority of last year playing with the Canton Charge and Oklahoma City Blue. Cook would go on to average 12.9 PTS and 5.7 REB last year while shooting 58.2% from the field. Don't rule out Zylan Cheatham as well. The former Arizona State product, Cheatham spent the majority of his rookie year playing for the Erie Bayhawks. Cheatham is a bit undersized for a small forward at 6'5", but he has the potential to light it up as a scoring option. He finished last year averaging 16.2 PTS and 11.6 REB for the Bayhawks.
Two Ways: Karim Mane, Frank Mason III, Mamadi Diakite (via MIL)
Notable: Robert Franks
Summary: Consider me interested to see what the Magic organization is planning down the road for Frank Mason III. Orlando announced earlier this week that they would sign Frank Mason III to a Two-Way contract and release Jordan Bone. It was a bit of a surprise, as Bone looked poised to have a big second year in the G-League. Still, it's a notable move, as Mason was named the G-League MVP last year after averaging 26.4 PTS for the Wisconsin Herd. Mason would also shoot 50.4% from the field and 42.5% from 3. It does look as if Mason might be staying up with the big club, as the injury bug has hit the Magic hard as of late. The other Two-Way spot with the Magic organization belongs to Karim Mane. The 20-year-old guard has been playing in Canada before this year and went undrafted during the 2020 NBA Draft. Mane could be a sleeper in the Bubble to keep an eye on.
A couple of other names are notable on this Lakeland Magic roster, including Mamadi Diakite who is currently signed to a two-way contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. Diakite made a name for himself in the collegiate ranks while playing for Virginia, thanks to his rebounding and defensive ability. It will be intriguing to see if Diakite can take the next step forward, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Keep an eye on Robert Franks as well, who spent the last year playing in the G-League with the Greensboro Swarm and Stockton Kings. Franks can put up some big numbers and could carry some of the load offensively for this Lakeland Magic squad. Franks finished his 2019-20 season averaging 17.3 PTS and 6.4 REB while shooting 36.0% from deep.
LONG ISLAND NETS
Two Ways: Tyler Bey (via DAL), Chris Chiozza, Nate Hinton (via Dal), Reggie Perry
Notable: Paul Eboua, BJ Johnson
Summary: The Long Island Nets have a potential WAGON of a roster that will be making an appearance in the bubble. This team is filled with some fascinating talent that has extreme upside. This Long Island team will feature a number of intriguing Two-Way players. Dallas Mavericks 2020 draft selection and two-way player Tyler Bey will be suiting up for this team. Bey was selected with the 36th overall pick and has crazy athleticism to his game. Bey projects to make a serious impact on the defensive side of the ball but it will be fascinating to see how his offensive game has come along. UDFA Nate Hinton is the other Two-Way player from the Mavericks that will be suiting up for Long Island. Hinton has some serious potential to be a UDFA steal by the Mavericks. Hinton doesn't have measurables that will wow you for a wing at 6'3" but he's gritty and loves to attack the glass. When it comes to Brooklyn's Two-Way contract players, it looks as if Chris Chiozza is listed on the roster. Although Chiozza is a bit undersized at 5'11" he still is lightning in a bottle with his quick handles. If Chiozza finds himself playing in the bubble, he should put up some big numbers. It has been reported that Reggie Perry will be getting some extended run in the G-League bubble. It's going to be some important playing time for the former Mississippi State big man. Perry has had to be thrown into the fire a bit with the Brooklyn roster, so it'll be nice to see if Perry can now build some additional confidence with some extended run during the bubble.
Paul Eboua was a popular name throughout the previous draft season. Eboua became a notable name in NBA circles when he was playing in Italy for Stella Azzurra Academy. Last year, he spent his time playing for Victoria Libertas Pesaro and he has the potential to groom into a heck of an asset for an NBA roster. Still just 20-years-old, Eboua is a physical specimen and has the potential to become a beast on the defensive side of the ball. His offensive game needs some work and the G-League bubble should be a great display of how much work is needed to be done. Pay attention to BJ Johnson on this roster as well. Johnson has impressed over the years in the G-League and has even been called up before. Last year for the Lakeland Magic, Johnson went on to average 22.9 PTS and 6.4 REB while shooting 42.3% from deep.
Two Ways: Killian Tillie, Sean McDermott
Notable: Tyrell Terry, Sam Merrill, Zhaire Smith, Freddie Gillespie, Jontay Porter
Summary: Memphis usually has a history of putting together a scrappy team and this roster has some similar vibes. It looks as if we won't get lucky and see some extended run of Killian Tillie, who is still with the Grizzlies. The other Two-Way player to keep an eye on is Sean McDermott. The 6'6" small forward spent 4 years playing for the Butler Bulldogs, averaging 11.7 PTS and 6.3 REB during his senior year.
A couple of assignee players on this roster will open some eyes. Dallas Mavericks second-round selection Tyrell Terry has been assigned to this Memphis Hustle roster. Terry was one of the hottest names in draft circles before the 2020 Draft and this couldn't be a better event for Terry to build some confidence. Expect Terry to turn some heads with his ability to shoot from deep. Another assignee who could light it up from outside during the bubble is Milwaukee Bucks second-round pick, Sam Merrill. The former Utah State star has shown some flashes in limited playing time this year. Merrill should be a perfect candidate to put up some big numbers with extended playing time. A couple of other notable names deserve your attention on this roster as well.
Former Philadelphia 76ers first-round selection Zhaire Smith finds his name on the Hustle roster. Smith still has plenty of untapped potential in his game and is only 21-years-old. The Memphis Hustle selected former Baylor big man Freddie Gillespie 2nd overall in the NBA G-League Draft. Gillespie averaged 9.6 PTS, 9.0 REB, and 2.2 BLK last year for the Baylor Bears. A name that you might be pleasantly surprised to hear is Jontay Porter. The brother of Denver Nuggets rising star Michael Porter Jr, Jontay has a fascinating skillset and could make some noise in this bubble with his size and ability to stretch the floor. If Jontay can stay healthy, he could be a player who carves out a role on an NBA roster for the longterm.
Notable: Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Daishen Nix, Isaiah Todd
Summary: Ah Yes...The "Belle of the Ball." Plenty of evaluators and NBA personnel will be fascinated to get a better look at the G-League Ignite team which features a number of promising talent for the 2021 NBA Draft. Two potential Top 5 Selections in the upcoming draft will be the main attraction for scouts and draft fans all around. Jalen Green is one of the names to keep a close eye on. Green has springs for feet and has the ability to live above the rim due to his impressive display of athleticism and verticality. At 6-foot-5, Green has the tools to develop into a promising wing at the NBA level, but scouts will want to see how the rest of his game is coming along. The first two scrimmages saw the 19-year-old put up some big numbers, but can he do that against some stronger opponents? Time will tell. While some might be excited to see Jalen Green live above the rim, others will be drooling over the potential that Jonathan Kuminga has as a 2021 Draft prospect. Kuminga has the measurements and upside to turn some heads in the bubble. An impressive display in Orlando could do wonders for Kuminga and his draft stock. Although the 6-foot-8 forward is already in the discussion as a Top 5 selection, he could creep up towards the top 3 if he impresses in the Bubble. Remember, Kuminga just recently turned 18-years-old in October.
A pair of other prospects deserve some recognition as well. Daishen Nix will be a popular name thrown around due to his ideal size at 6-foot-5 for a ball-handler. Although the hype has been building for Nix, the performance from his first two scrimmages would lead to some mixed reviews. Nix looks to have talent, but his weight could cause some concerns moving forward if he struggles to keep up with more explosive guards. Big man Isaiah Todd will draw some interest as well but judging from his performance during the scrimmages, he could have a LONG way to go.
Two Ways: Moses Brown, Josh Hall
Notable: Vit Krecji, Omer Yurtseven, Ty Jerome, Aleksej Pokusevski
Summary: Step right up ladies and gentlemen. Let your eyes wander in disbelief at the legendary "Poku." On a serious note, it's a fascinating development that the Oklahoma City Thunder decided to send down first-round selection Aleksej Pokusevski. You can't imagine a basketball opportunity that would be more perfect right now for a player of Poku's skill set. The goal here is simple. Inject some confidence into the raw 19-year-old. The rest of this OKC Blue roster has some enticing pieces to it as well. Moses Brown is a talented big man who finds himself as one of the Thunder's Two-way players. The 7-foot-2 big man formerly out of UCLA spent most of last year in the G-League with the Texas Legends where he averaged 14.4 PTS and 7.7 REB. The other name to keep an eye on when it comes to the two-way players is Josh Hall. This Thunder organization loves to roll the dice on some extremely raw prospects, especially with their rebuilding status as it is. Hall had opted out of going the collegiate route before throwing his name into the NBA Draft. At 6'9" and just recently turning 20-years-old in October, Hall has plenty of upside as a potential diamond in the rough. This Bubble experience should be a great measuring stick to see where his game is at.
Ty Jerome has been a name that has been lost in all of the offseason madness this year. Jerome, who was previously the 24th selection in the 2019 NBA Draft had a rough rookie year while trying to battle an injury bug. This could be the perfect event for him to get right back on track. Don't forget about 2020 second-round selection Vit Krecji as well. OKC invested in Krecji with the 37th selection in the draft, so Thunder fans will be eager to see what Krecji can do on the basketball floor against NBA competition. Krecji has been playing in the Czech Republic and has great size at 6'8". It will also be fascinating to see what former Georgetown big man Omer Yurtseven can do in the bubble. Yurtseven was a super sleeper in the draft and it wasn't much of a surprise to see him go undrafted, but he's the perfect type of player who could open some eyes in Orlando. During his final year in college, Yurtseven averaged 15.5 PTS and 9.8 REB for the Hoyas.
Two Ways: Jalen Harris, Yuta Watanabe
Notable: Nik Stauskas, Alize Johnson, Gary Payton II, Dewan Hernandez
Summary: This Roster. Oh boy, it could be a MONSTER. Plenty of intriguing pieces here and the Raptors 905 could become a machine of epic proportions during this extravaganza. First things first, Yuta Watanabe has been a veteran in the G-League and is familiar with putting up big numbers in this type of atmosphere. Watanabe has been generating some minutes as of late with the big club, but he's still listed on the Raptors 905 roster so he should be playing in the bubble. Toronto used the 59th pick in this year's NBA Draft to select former Nevada guard Jalen Harris. The 22-year-old 6'5" guard can light it up from outside and has a phenomenal display of athleticism. Harris will be a good one to watch and recently averaged 21.7 PPG for the Nevada Wolfpack during last year.
There's a plethora of intriguing notable talent to keep an eye on as well on this roster including some prestigious G-League alums. Nik Stauskas (yes, Sauce Castillo in the flesh) has returned and looks determined to prove that he belongs back on an NBA roster. Stauskas hasn't been in the league since the 2018-19 season when he spent time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Alize Johnson is one of the more intriguing names to keep an eye on. Johnson has been with the Indiana Pacers for the majority of his career and the Toronto Raptors pride themselves on developing untapped potential. Johnson has put up some eye-opening performances in the G-League before and he's a madman on the boards. If Johnson can prove that he can consistently become a threat on the offensive side of the ball, he could intrigue the Raptors as a potential call-up candidate. Gary Payton II is in a similar situation as Alize. GPII has been one of the more "famous" G-League veterans over the years, and it seems as if he's done everything in his power to earn himself a spot on an NBA roster. Payton II put up some scary numbers last year for the South Bay Lakers in the G-League, averaging 21.4 PTS, 9.3 REB, 6.3 AST, and 3.2 STL in 16 games. Don't forget about Dewan Hernandez as well, who the Raptors spent the 59th pick on in the 2019 NBA Draft. Hernandez showed some flashes with his play during Summer League last year and went on to average 13.7 PTS, 9.1 REB, and 1.8 BLK in 9 games last year for the Raptors 905.
Two Ways: Mason Jones, Brodric Thomas
Notable: Kenny Wooten, Trevelin Queen, Kevin Porter Jr, Kenyon Martin Jr.
Summary: This Rio Grande Valley roster is shaping up to have the potential to be one of the more exciting teams on the court in Orlando. There's a unique combination of athleticism and two-way potential with so many assets on this roster. Mason Jones is one of the big names here and he's been generating some minutes with the big club as of late. Jones still finds his name on the official roster for Rio Grande Valley, so it will be interesting to see if he does in fact play in the bubble. Jones is oozing with potential as an offensive weapon, so it would be interesting to see what he could do with some extended minutes in the G-League. The other Two-Way contract player on this roster is Brodric Thomas. The 6'5" wing went undrafted this year but has put up some big numbers before in Division II for Truman State and has been on the radar of NBA teams in the past. Now it's time to see if he can show he belongs with some of the top young NBA talent.
Some of the other "notables" on this roster are just sensational. It's looking as if we are trending towards getting some Kevin Porter Jr minutes in the bubble, which is just a thrilling development. The former 30th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, KPJ has the talent to be a special player in this league with his ability on the offensive side of the ball. After a bit of a roller-coaster experience recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers, KPJ was traded to the Houston Rockets and one can only hope that the new scenery will do wonders for the 20-year-old. Trevelin Queen was personally one of my favorite draft "sleepers" this year and I'll be tuning in to see what he can do against the G-League competition. The 6'6" wing out of New Mexico State has some serious offensive punch to his game, especially as a transition threat. Don't forget about Kenny Wooten who still is oozing with untapped potential. Wooten makes his living as a shot-blocker as he has an incredible combination of leaping ability and anticipation. Still just 22-years-old, Wooten has plenty of game in his arsenal that has yet to be shown. Wooten averaged 7.6 PTS, 6.1 REB, and 3.6 BLK for the Westchester Knicks last year. Another player who could become a showstopper for Rio Grande Valley is Kenyon Martin Jr. The 20-year-old was the 52nd pick in this year's draft and has his father's athleticism. At 6'6" it will be interesting to see how the rest of KMJ's offensive game is coming around.
Two Ways: Jarrell Brantley, Trent Forrest
Notable: Udoka Azubuike, Jordan Nwora (via MIL), Yogi Ferrell
Summary: An interesting roster coming together for the Salt Lake City Stars. First, let's take a look at some of the Two-Way contract players. Jarrell Brantley is no stranger to the Utah Jazz organization, as he was acquired during a draft-night trade in 2019 by the Jazz and spent last year with the Salt Lake City Stars in the G-League. It was an eye-opening year for Brantley, who was would go on to average 18.8 PTS and 7.6 REB for SLC while shooting 51.2% from the field. The other two-way contract belongs to Trent Forrest, who went undrafted out of Florida State. The 6'4" guard averaged 11.6 PTS, 4.4 REB, 4.0 AST, and 1.9 STL for the Seminoles last year.
A couple of late additions to this roster deserve your attention moving forward. After showing some flashes throughout the regular season, the Jazz decided to send first-round selection Udoka Azubuike to the bubble for some experience. It's a smart move by the Jazz, as Azubuike could use playing some heavy minutes to gain reps. It's also going to be fascinating to try and see Udoka go up against some traditionally smaller centers in the G-League. It was also announced recently that the Milwaukee Bucks have decided to send their other second-round selection to the Stars for assignment. Jordan Nwora could light the scoreboard on fire at any time during his play in Orlando and he will be motivated to do so. Nwora was one of the top shooters in the 2020 NBA Draft class so keep a close eye on him. Don't forget about Yogi Ferrell as well, who has spent plenty of time in the NBA. Ferrell is battling to show that he belongs back on an NBA roster and he could be on the warpath.
SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS
Two Ways: Nico Mannion, Juan Toscano-Anderson
Notable: Kaleb Wesson, Jordan Poole, Alen Smailagic, Jeremy Lin, Dusty Hannahs
Summary: Santa Cruz finds itself with a number of names on its roster that you might be familiar with. Juan Toscano-Anderson is listed on the Santa Cruz roster but he's become a big part of the Golden State rotation as of late so it'd be a bit of a shocker to see him in the bubble. The other two-way contract belongs to Golden State's second-round selection in Nico Mannion. This is shaping up to be the perfect type of event for Mannion to get some extended run and find his groove. Mannion has had some brief minutes with the Warriors, mainly in garbage time...but he needs to show some aggressiveness as a scorer during the bubble. The talent is there for Mannion to become a solid rotational guard in the league...now let's see if he can start to build a foundation to grow with.
Former Ohio State big man Kaleb Wesson is another name to keep an eye on for Santa Cruz. Wesson was a camp invite for the Warriors and some thought he might have an outside shot to make the final roster. Wesson has done a good job of keeping his weight down and he has the potential to be a pick and pop weapon at his size and shooting ability. Many basketball fans will be intrigued to see what the former 2019 first-round selection Jordan Poole can do down in the G-League. Poole has struggled with consistency during his playing time with Golden State...some confidence in the G-League Bubble might be just what he needs. Alen Smailagic is a player that it seems many have forgotten about. Smailagic has the tools and upside to become a solid rotational piece, but the G-League Bubble could inject some confidence in him right away to get him back on the right track. The recently turned 20-year-old averaged 15.2 PTS and 6.1 REB last year in the G-League for Santa Cruz. Linsanity is back. That's right folks, Jeremy Lin is back trying to claw his way back into the NBA. It will be interesting to see what Lin can do in the bubble. A serious wild card to keep an eye on as well is G-League veteran Dusty Hannahs. The 6'3" guard is scrappy and plays extremely hard. Last year, Hannahs averaged 21.4 PPG for the Memphis Hustle while shooting 44.7% from 3 and he can get hot in a hurry.
Two Ways: Jared Harper, Theo Pinson
Notable: Myles Powell, James Young, Skal Labissiere, Louis King, Ignas Brazdeikis
Summary: The Westchester Knicks are putting out a HECK of a roster as well in this G-League Bubble. Plenty of exciting names to go over here so let's get to it. Jared Harper is going to be one of the Two-Way players with this team to pay attention to. The former Auburn point guard put up some big numbers last year in the G-League for the Northern Arizona Suns, averaging 20.8 PTS and 5.7 AST. Theo Pinson is a name that G-League followers should be more than familiar with. The 6'5" guard has the ability to fill up the box scores in a hurry. Pinson averaged 15.1 PTS, 6.6 REB, 5.1 AST, and 1.1 STL last year in 9 G-League games.
After the Two-Way contracts, this roster is still stacked with plenty of talent. Many Knicks fans will be thrilled to see what Myles Powell can do during some extended run in the G-League. The former Seton Hall product was one of the more exciting players to watch in college basketball over the last several seasons, including last year where he averaged 21.0 PPG. Powell plays tough and could be a sleeper to put up some big numbers. If he wants to have a shot at an NBA roster, and he has the talent to stick, he needs to show he can be a more consistent threat from deep. James Young, who is somehow still just 25-years-old, is still battling to get back on an NBA roster. Young has been putting up some eye-opening numbers in the G-League over the last couple of years before spending the last year playing in Israel. He can still get buckets in a hurry. Skal Labissiere finds himself back trying to find his way on an NBA roster. Skal has plenty of talent and has put up some big performances on an NBA level over the years, so it will be interesting to see if he can come out on a terror in the bubble. Louis King is a name that I will be fascinated to see personally. King previously was signed to a two-way contract last year with the Detroit Pistons before being let go this year. King still has so much untapped potential to his game as a wing with promising size (6'8"). The last name to keep a close eye on is Ignas Brazdeikis who spent the majority of his rookie year in the G-League. "Iggy" put up some big numbers with Westchester last year, averaging 20.9 PTS, 7.2 REB, and 3.0 AST while shooting 50.1% from the field.